The producers, cast and creative team on “Thriller – Live” are deeply saddened and shocked at the news that Michael Jackson has passed away overnight in Los Angeles.
“Thriller – Live” was created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop and the Jackson 5, and his phenomenal, unparalleled career was the show’s inspiration.
We can think of no greater tribute to the memory of the man and his incredible music
than for tonight’s performances at the Lyric theatre in the West End and Manchester Opera House go ahead as planned.
The lights outside the Lyric theatre and Manchester Opera House will be dimmed in tribute to his passing at 7.30pm and a minute’s silence will be held in the auditorium.
All of the Thriller Live cast, crew and production team send out their love to Michael’s family and children.
“Thriller – Live” was conceived and created by Executive Director Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of ‘Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary’.
He said this morning: “Words cannot express my deep sense of loss and sadness; I am shocked beyond belief that Michael has died. My full condolences go out to his family – his children, parents, brothers and sisters. The Jackson family have lost a son and a father, and the world has lost one of the greatest entertainers of all time, a true legend.
Michael Jackson has been a massive influence in my life – inspiring me to get into the entertainment industry and to produce the best work that I can. I have supported Michael for the past 21 years through my magazines, books and now “Thriller – Live”, and I will continue to support and promote his legacy via this musical celebration.
But my main focus right now is very much on Michael Jackson the person. He was warm, genuine, funny and smart, as well as the musical genius we all admired.
Today I have lost a friend, and I will be there for his family, friends and fans. Rest in peace Michael, I love you.”